Meeker bests Moffat County in wrestling |

Meeker bests Moffat County in wrestling

Nate Waggenspack
Garrett Uptain flips Meeker's Nick Burri over for a pin Tuesday in Craig. Uptain, wrestling at 120 pounds for Moffat County's JV team, picked up a win, but Meeker won the varsity dual, 54-30.
Nate Waggenspack

— Taking on the No. 2-ranked team in the Colorado’s 2A division, the Moffat County wrestling team didn’t quite stack up, but the Bulldogs picked up some memorable wins in a home dual.

MCHS hosted Meeker in Craig on Tuesday and lost, 54-30, giving up too many pins to recover against a strong Cowboys team. Many of the Bulldogs’ freshman and sophomore wrestlers fought for a period or two but eventually succumbed.

“When you’re young and you don’t have as much strength as your opponent, sometimes that happens,” coach Tanner Linsacum said.

“All our guys battled — they’re lasting longer, and I’m proud of that. But they’ll take their lumps,” he said.

Despite wrestling without injured captain Brayden Peterson, it wasn’t an all-negative night for Moffat County. Issik Herod, Stelios Peroulis and Jesse DeMoor all got hard-earned pins.

In Peroulis’ match with Willis Begaye, points were difficult to come by, as Peroulis took a 2-1 lead into the third period. After Begaye tied it up with an escape, the MCHS sophomore caught him and pulled off the pin after a lengthy battle on the mat.

“It was my mental mindset,” Peroulis said afterward. “I went in expecting to win and wasn’t going to expect anything else. I felt him out for the first two (periods) and in the third, I just caught him.”

DeMoor wrestled defending state champion T.J. Shelton and was dominated through a period and a half, trailing 16-2. Shelton repeatedly took him down, went for a pin and allowed an escape when he didn’t get it.

But when Shelton let DeMoor stand to make it 16-3, the Moffat senior was able to throw him around and land on top for a stunning pin.

“Everybody calls that the cow-catcher,” DeMoor said about the move he used to win. “I was nervous he might be able to get out of it, but once I had it tight, I was excited. Especially in front of the home crowd, I never want to lose.”

Linsacum was down about the final result but likes the direction of the team.

“It hurts to look up and see the score, it hurts to see pin after pin,” he said. “But give Meeker credit. They’re tougher than heck, and that’s what we plan on doing to teams in the future.”

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